The Ethical Sellout
Maintaining Your Integrity
in the Age of Compromise
We all fear selling out. Yet we all face situations that test our ideals and values with no clear right answer. In a world where compromise is an essential aspect of life, authors Lily Zheng and Inge Hansen make the bold claim that everyone sells out–and that the real challenge lies in doing so ethically.
Drawing from a diversity of people who recount their own struggles with dilemmas around selling out, Lily Zheng and Inge Hansen propose new ways of thinking about marginalization, privilege, authenticity, and self-interest. In the first part of The Ethical Sellout, they pull together key lessons on the many forces driving sellout crises, looking at cases from a span of contexts including high tech, elite universities, the US military, and beyond. The second part provides an adaptive framework and tool kit that makes navigating identity, belief systems, and networks an intentional practice.
This book is for all who have ever felt forced to choose between their needs and their values and for those who strive every day to maintain their integrity in the face of constant pressure to compromise.